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David von Kampen

Music Intructor - Composition

David von Kampen

Music Intructor - Composition

David von Kampen is a composer living in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fueled by a desire for broad and diverse musical experiences, David's creative work spans a wide variety of genres and styles, including jazz, choral music, hymnody and liturgy, solo voice, chamber music, and musical theater. He has studied composition with James Barnes, Dan Gailey, Forrest Pierce, Eric Richards, and Randall Snyder.

David is a four-time Downbeat Award winner in graduate-level jazz writing categories, winner of the 2014 San Fancisco Choral Artists New Voices Project, winner of the National Band Association’s Young Jazz Composers Competition, and received honorable mention in the 2014 New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions. He is a three-time winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition, winner of the 2011 Morningside College Choral Composition Contest, an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Competition Finalist, and the recipient of the 2013 Cius Award for "Outstanding Student Composer" from the University of Kansas School of Music. He also received the Vreeland Award for "exceptional creative ability" by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music in 2007 and 2011.

David has over 40 choral and instrumental compositions and arrangements published or in preparation with UNC Jazz Press, G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard, Boosey and Hawkes, Concordia Publishing House, Sound Music Publications, Potenza Music Publishing, and Dorn Publications.

David's compositions and arrangements have been performed by the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the LCMS National Youth Gathering Honor Choir and Wind Symphony, the Anchorage Concert Chorus, vocal and instrumental ensembles at the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Oregon, the University of Northern Colorado, Sacramento State University, and others, and by numerous high school and church choirs throughout the United States.

David is active as a pianist and musical director in jazz and musical theatre settings, and as a clinician for both vocal and instrumental ensembles. He currently directs the Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln. He is a member of ASCAP and the American Choral Directors Association. He lives with his wife Mollie and daughter Gretta.


D.M.A., Univeristy of Kansas
M.M., University if Nebraska-Lincoln
B.M., University of Nebraska-Lincoln